St. James Community Square faces uncertain future as battle continues to save Hollywood Theatre

The Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition is stepping up its efforts to save that Kitsilano landmark amid reports that the St. James Community Square facility just blocks away is up for sale.

City council stepped in work with the community to seek solutions for the Hollywood in 2013 when the owners proposed convert it to a fitness club, but efforts by a community church to acquire the theatre for redevelopment fell apart earlier this year.

This week Brian Jackson, the city’s general manager of planning, circulated this memo updating council on a number of issues raised by the coalition as it seeks to step in to save the Hollywood. Also in the memo: news that the St. James Community Square facility, on land owned by a United Church of Canada congregation, may be up for sale, putting that community asset at risk as well.